26 October 2012 ~ Comments Off

Thomas MacEntee Featured in Article at nextavenue and Forbes

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I’ve been featured in an article entitled Career Shift: Turn Your Hobby Into a New Job at nextavenue which is a collaborative media platform by media partners PBS, American Public Television, National Educational Telecommunications Association, and Huffington Post.

I was interview a few weeks ago by Nancy Collamer, a career coach, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. You can learn more about Nancy at her website is MyLifestyleCareer.com.

The opportunity to share my “second life” career path is an honor and in the article you’ll learn how after my last firm went bankrupt, I was able to transform my hobby of genealogy into a profession. In addition, from what the author has told me, this article will be carried on Forbes.com early next week.

Stay tuned!
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20 August 2012 ~ Comments Off

Announcing a New Client – Saving Memories Forever

Saving Memories Forever

I am pleased to announce my affiliation with the makers of an exciting new product for the genealogy market – Saving Memories Forever™.

Saving Memories Forever provides a new online system to create and preserve family memories through audio recordings. Each subscriber has a dedicated area on the site to upload and manage their recordings. Available through the iTunes store, the new app is free and is a seamless connection between the website and recording process. Users with any computer can record, save, and upload their recorded stories with or without the app. For additional information visit http://www.SavingMemoriesForever.com.

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I will be providing Saving Memories Forever with the high-quality analysis, evaluation, marketing, social media and business development services which I provide specifically for the genealogy and family history community of businesses and non-profit organizations.

Harvey and Jane Baker are the founders and developers of Saving Memories Forever. They have three grown children who, over the years, have asked them lots of questions about their family history. Click here to learn more about the Bakers and their vision for capturing and preserving family stories.

I am excited to share the Saving Memories Forever products and services with the genealogy community . . . Stay tuned!

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04 August 2012 ~ Comments Off

APG Roundtable – Records Access: The Art of Advocacy

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be serving as moderator for the upcoming APG Roundtable to be held during the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.  Please make this a part of your week of genealogy education while at FGS!

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Join us for the APG Roundtable immediately following the Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 7:00 PM in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Ballroom XII.

Learn what you and/or your chapter can do to help preserve the records so crucial to our profession and ensure our access to those records in the future! It is not always about confrontation. The legwork, correspondence, and behind-the-scenes activities are critical, guiding bills from their inception, in and out of committees, to their ultimate enactment or defeat. This is where APG can have an enormous impact on legislation that threatens us all.

Mark your calendar now! It promises to be a lively discussion, followed by some role-playing to demonstrate situations you may encounter along the way. You will not want to miss this outstanding panel of experts:

Thomas MacEntee, Moderator (Chicago, Illinois)

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,500 bloggers. He serves on the Board of Directors of FGS and has worked with their Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) in hosting and broadcasting programs on FGS Radio and his own Geneabloggers Radio to raise awareness of records-access issues for genealogists. In December 2011, he created Occupy Genealogy (http://www.occupygenealogy.com) in an effort to mobilize the genealogical community into action on issues critical to the profession, and the movement has acquired nearly 1,000 followers on Facebook.

Alvie Davidson, CGSM (Lakeland, Florida)

Alvie Davidson is a retired U. S. Naval Reserve Security Group member, a licensed private investigator and Certified Genealogist,SM specializing in heir-searching, missing persons, and probate research. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and has worked extensively with RPAC on the issue of records preservation and access.

Teri Flack (Austin, Texas)

Teri Flack is the chair of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee. She also serves as state liaison to the national RPAC and has been a featured guest on Blog Talk Radio. Teri has also worked with the “Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force,” a group that has been assessing court record conditions and how to preserve those records for the future. Teri will graduate in December from Texas State University with a master’s degree in Public History. She volunteers at the Texas State Archives on a project to preserve and make accessible to the public over 1,000 volumes of Galveston County records from the 19th and 20th centuries. Teri has also served on the FGS Board of Directors.

Polly Kimmitt, CGSM (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)

Polly Kimmitt is the president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, formed in 1980 as the umbrella organization representing Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog for the Massachusetts Legislature regarding access issues. Polly is also past president of the New England Chapter of APG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FGS.

Kelvin L. Meyers (Dallas, Texas)

Kelvin Meyers is an experienced forensic genealogist and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. He currently contracts with attorneys, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and heir-searching companies. Kelvin lectures throughout Texas and Oklahoma, and at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and is a past president of the Lone Star Chapter.

We hope to see you there!

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